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Investors In People UK

Investors In People UK and Core


Investors in People was set up by the United Kingdom government in 1991 as a non-departmental public body to help businesses with staff training and development. The organisation has 50 people in Central London who are responsible for developing the Investors in People framework and standard. In addition, there are 14 licensed quality centres around the country to implement this standard through practitioners and assessors.

Graham Alltoft, the organisation's E-Business Manager decided after five years it is time to upgrade their existing software. He wanted to achieve two key goals. To streamline the process of content creation and publishing. On the existing system, it could take a day or two to format and publish a form or document. Second, he wanted to make it easier for people to find what they wanted on the site.

Core and Microsoft's help towards Investors In People

Investors in People already used Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server for its intranet, so it felt confident in selecting the new Microsoft Office SharePoint Server to manage its public Web site. Alltoft worked with Core, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, on both the intranet and public Web site.

The search features are very powerful, according to Alltoft. Website visitors have used the new capability to unearth documents "even we didn't know we had." He adds that finding content quickly helps people make a decision about whether to pursue the Investors in People accreditation.

Even those who need to create the content for the website. They use everyday programs like Microsoft Office Word to create the content and upload it to an internal-only version of the Web site. Every night, any new content is automatically copied over to the live site. It is very straightforward and easy to use. This means that content on the site is more up to date and easier to maintain

The updated system has changed the behaviour of the site's traffic drastically. While the number of visitors is the same, people are staying longer on the site and reading more material. More important, the number of people requesting information packs has increased by as much as 30 percent. Since this is the primary goal of the Web site, the new software has really delivered.


"We see it as a massive improvement over what we had before. For a limited development effort on our part, it's extremely powerful and useful for customers." (Alltoft: E-Business Manager)


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